Strong transferable skills are fundamental to the provision of impartial guidance on money management and financial wellbeing. This includes working well with others – including colleagues and other agencies – as well as correctly using the appropriate organisational systems and procedures, keeping accurate records and attention to detail. Practitioners should also have good levels of literacy and numeracy to communicate what can often be complex information in a straightforward and understandable way.
Accurate spelling and punctuation, particularly when practitioners might be required to record customer information, and particularly at Tiers 2 and 3, accurate and succinct writing for record-keeping and making referrals.
The ability to reason and apply numerical concepts, comprehending fundamental arithmetic (i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Depending on the practitioner’s role, at Tiers 2 and 3, ability to calculate fractions; percentages; simple and compound interest may be required.
Computer skills to ensure accurate records can be maintained and relevant information accessed in a timely, secure manner.
Depending on the role, skills in the use of online tools and calculators, as well as the ability to use comparison sites and online tools (e.g. mortgage and/or benefits calculators). This will also involve an element of critical analysis to judge the relevance and legitimacy of the information being presented.
Accuracy and attention to detail are essential for maintaining clear and accurate records (including any reference numbers and codes; information about customers’ circumstances).
The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. When communicating with others, the practitioner uses appropriate language, respecting equality and diversity and, where relevant, using appropriate non-verbal cues.
The practitioner identifies and confirms the needs and expectations of colleagues and customers, establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with relevant people. They have the ability to deal with disagreements in an amicable and constructive way to maintain good relationships. Where appropriate, the practitioner should contribute actively to effective team working by co-operating with colleagues, using appropriate methods of communication; identifying conflicts which may cause problems to productivity and promptly seeking solutions from the responsible person.
Record relevant information in a manner which is easy to follow and allows other workers to understand it, ensuring that information is grouped logically and is readily accessible. Practitioners should identify any barriers or factors that might impact on outcomes and exchange information according to organisational procedures.